March 8, 2015

Beating Winter Blues

{ leopard coat: vintge  -  leather jacket: Rachel Roy  -  cat ring: Franchesca's  -  sunnies: Ray Ban }

So much has happened over these past few freezing months! I planned on having a kick-ass post to come out of hibernation with, but  today's warmer weather was perfect for an impromtu iPhone shoot today. One new "accessory" that I was particulrly excited to photograph today was my engagement ring! No details about the wedding yet, but hopefully soon as we're journeying back to Ohio soon to look at venues. I'll make sure to keep you posted along the way!

January 17, 2015

Outer Shell

As I sit here enjoying coffee and dreading the cold chill outside my door, I needed a little styling inspiration that would jolt me into embracing the cold rather than dreading it. It's no secret that the tailored wool coat is a this year's fashion must-have, but what felt fresh and inspired me in the above images was the texture of each of these gems (images courtesy of Pinterest). From the more tailored approach of the camel coat, to the femininity that the rose coat embraces, all the way to the hairy powder blue two-fer... the lush sophistication is just so captivating.

January 11, 2015

New Year, No Need for a "New You"

For the first time in 3 years, I didn't ring in 2015 with a list of how I plan to approach the new year differently or how I was going to better myself. I didn't feel like my mind was on repeat full of questions about "the real world" that sounded like one big quote reel from "Girls." For once, I was left at midnight with nothing but fond memories of 2014 and with a suspicious feeling that 2015 would shed that same light.... and BOY WAS I RIGHT. But, I don't want to get ahead of myself, so bear with me as I take a moment more to finish reflecting on 2014 before I jump over to that it of news...

The above snapshots of 2014 highlight the beautiful moments that I shared in 2014 but please note that they are in NO particular order since I really couldn't assign an order of importance to these moments! 

1: You know when you're in college and you stay up chatting with roomies about your "dream jobs" and say shit like "If I could do just one thing for the rest of my life..." Well, in 2014 I was able to transfer over to a new dept at work and I really feel blessed to say without doubt that this is my dream job. I enjoyed what I was doing prior but I also felt like there was a chunk of my talents that were going largely unused which sadly left me feeling dissatisfied. But from the moment I transferred over I felt at home and valued in entirety which is a good feeling.

2: The Dutton annual Florida trip was amazing, PLUS Ryan didn't get as burned as years past so that was awesome.

3: Ryan's second niece was born (welcome to the world Peyton)! She's such a freaking adorable bundle of joy, just like her big sister, and I can't wait to see how she's going to grow up and what her little personality is going to be like. 

4: My brother got married - holllyyy shittt - can't believe it! It was such an odd yet beautiful thing watching my brother stand up on the alter waiting for his beautiful bride to walk down the isle... I got all choked up thinking how hella adult that moment was. Congrats to Mike & Emily!

I'm going to quickly jump ahead to introduce #6 first...

6: Ryan and I had some visitors right before the holiday that encouraged us to get out there and fall in love with NY at Christmas time again. It's not like we didn't appreciate it before they arrived, but once you live here you tend to avoid the areas with the amazing decorations, like Rockafellar center, just to be able to avoid the crowds. And though the crowds were insane even as we trotted about, it was so worth it. When you turn the corner and see that tree all lit and beautiful, it's like taking an energy shot of Christmas spirit. 

And now, #5, the most exciting moment in my life...

5: On New Year's Day Ryan proposed! The moment was beautiful and I'm excited to spend the rest of my life with my best friend, my partner in crime, and the best person person I know. With him I'm whole. 

I hope you all had an amazing 2014 and a great start to 2015 - CHEERS!

November 9, 2014

Crossing State Lines

sweater: c/o Amavo Boutique -  NYC tee: F21  -  rhinestone necklace: JCrew  -  Ohio dainty necklace: c/o Midwest Charm -  shoes: Nasty Gal  -  legwarmers: c/o Vanity  -  glasses: Aldo

I loved being able to cross state lines today with this tee/necklace combo. Being a midwest girl to the core, I instantly fell in love with Midwest Charm's adorably dainty Ohio charm necklace. When it arrived and I debated what to wear it with, but I kept gravitating toward this NYC tee. There was just something so invigorating about pairing the two states together that felt right... it was as if I was setting the two on a blind date or something! All in all,  I guess I proved the phrase to be true: You can take the girl out of Ohio but you can't take the Ohio out of the girl.

October 14, 2014

Cool Collabs - October

#1 Accessory Concierge's "Fight Like a Girl" Bangle, $32

Supporting the fight against breast cancer has never been more chic than with this brass bangle-- and 20% of each purchase will be shared with

#2 Sak's Key to the Cure tee

Designed by Michael Kors, this trendy tee also helps to support the fight against breast cancer by giving $30 of each sale to various breast cancer charities

#3 Club Monaco's Campbell jewelry, $75 - $165

Featured as part of CM's curated "Pieces" line of cool jewelry from designers around the world, Campbell is delicate yet intricate perfection

#4 The Limited's "Scandal-inspired" Cape Trench coat, $228

I don't even watch the show yet I love how sophisticated this whole collection for The Limited is. I had the privilege of meeting the stylist of Scandal this past spring and now I understand where the style genius that is Olivia Pope was birthed from